Saina Nehwal was knocked out of the Yonex Thailand Open Super 1000 after losing the women’s singles second round to Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan on Thursday.
The star India shuttler Saina managed to grab the opening game but ran out of steam in the end, losing 23-21 14-21 16-21 in a match that clocked 68 minutes.
It was Saina’s fourth straight loss to the world number 12 Busanan after she was cleared to compete after a Covid retest..
Saina and Busanan engaged in some long rallies but it was the Thai shuttler who had the last laugh as she dished out some delectable drops and also stood out with better placement of shots.
In the men’s singles, former world number one Kidambi Srikanth was forced to give a walkover to his eighth-seeded Malaysian opponent Lee Zii Jia after pulling up his right calf muscle.
Earlier in the day, Indian men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty bowed out of the competition after suffering a 19-21, 17-21 defeat against second-seeded Indonesian combination of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan.